Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta recap Ravens' 2012 draft

Ravens will now turn attention to signing undrafted free agents

By Chris Korman

7:33 PM EDT, April 28, 2012


Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and his likely successor (some day), director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, met with the media right after the Ravens selected Georgia defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson with their final pick of the 2012 draft.

They seemed pleased with the draft, in general, but preoccupied with their next task: signing undrafted free agents. The Ravens have done well in that area but face a unique challenge this season. According to DeCosta, only three players on their 150-player board went undrafted (and all had medical issues). Usually, 20 to 25 go unpicked, and the Ravens then focus on them when trying to come to free-agent deals.

Coach John Harbaugh was busy working with scouts to figure out whom the Ravens will make their first calls to. The frenzied signing period begins right when the draft ends. Generally, the Ravens have looked for depth on special teams and along the lines with their signees.

Newsome said the Ravens will come to agreements with all the undrafted players they want to sign by Monday, and that Harbaugh will convene a minicamp starting May 11.

Other quick notes from the session: